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obama is meeting with his cabinet, his national security team, and counterterrorism advisers. that will happen tonight. the fbi is leading a massive investigation. you know, we can almost see it going on all around us, looking into what may have caused this twin set of bombings. and many people have been questioned. moments ago we heard from a man who witnessed the death of one of the bomb victims. that victim an 8-year-old who was killed. he has been identified as martin richard. his father ran in the marathon. the son was there to give him a hug at the end of the race, and now that family which also has suffered many injuries are in mourning. cnn's pamela brown is with me now to tell that part of the story. >> john, the witness i spoke with still in a state of shock today. he was 50 to 75 yards from yesterday's explosions. he says there is one image in particular he cannot get out of his head, that of a little boy on the ground right after the second explosion and now he believes that was 8-year-old martin richard. here's what he had to say. >> when you're in such shock you
her leg. his mother suffered a brain injury. they're both recovering in the hospital. president obama calling these attacks an act of evil. >> if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, not afraid. >> and president obama will be in boston thursday. they're having an enter faith service for -- interfaith service for the victims. our bruce leshan has been in boston and has the latest from there right now. >> reporter: we are just outside one of the law enforcement staging areas on the boston common. and the authorities are pledging to go to the ends of the earth to catch the killer or killers. but the fbi is also pleading for help closer to home. this special agent in charge says these killer or killers are somebody's neighbor, somebody's friend, somebody knows them. the person who did this is someone's friend, neighbor, coworker or relative. we're asking anyone who may have heard someone speak about the marathon or the date of april 15th in any way that indicated that he or she may target the event to call us. >> rep
bombing in the united states since the september 11th attacks. president obama now says that the full weight of the u.s. government is behind the search for who is responsible. >> authorities this morning are pouring over this dramatic video at the finish line for clues, bomb technicians are studying bun marks on bricks and concrete and in hospitals doctors are collecting pieces of shrapnel that were blasted into bodies. >> they will look at the components and tell them if this is someone that put this together over the internet or is this a bombmaker? >> officials believe these were two small and portable devices, possibly hidden in a backpack, one working theory they were remotely detonated by a cell phone the. >> it has the indications of being al qaeda or al qaeda-affiliated attack. >> there are no suspects. officials are tracking multiple "persons of interest" including a man of middle eastern descent being treated at a local hospital. president obama urged against a rush to judgment not using the word "terrorism" but vowed justice for those responsible. >> make no mistake we wil
just learned alearne short time ago that presidentesiden obama will be traveling to boston this thursday.thur he will be traveling there to attend an interfaith for the bombing victims. we know that three people have died as a result of the bombings, more than 100 people peop have been hurt.n hu the president obama has branded the attacks a terrorist attack. at he vowed to the go to the ends of the earth to find which one it is. is president obama traveling tong boston on thursday to attend and a service for the victims of the the marathon bombing. >>> coming up a landlord pleads guilty for spying on his tenant. when he used to record their most intimate moments. >>> frightening moments for a virginia family. skyfox over the scene at loudoun county. four men entered the house and held the family at gunpointnt while they robbed them.hem. the men took off tonight thee loudoun con sheriff's office iss office offering a cash reward for tips tips leading to an arrest. ar >>> a landlord who used smallall cameras to spy on his tenants in was in courtroom today.today. he plead gui
the most significant statement out of the obama administration today didn't come from the president. it was a written release by janet napolitano, the obama department of homeland security secretary. she said why obama had decided to issue the reassurance. there are probable no broader attacks, no more anywhere in the u.s. that is reassuring. here in washington, the public is wary, and they dominate what the congress is talking about. >> reporter: big issues like gun control are out of the spotlight. the horrifying attack dominates the americans' attention, but pulls americans together. this is the chicago tribute, solidarity, from one area to another. in pain. citing how bostonians rushed in to help the injured. president obama sent a message of solidarity and defiance. >> you want to know who we are and who america is, how we respond to evil? that is it. selfless selflessly, compassionatly. >> reporter: any time bombs are used, it is an act of terror, he says, the lawmaker got an intel briefing last week. >> there was no evidence at all, no intelligence that seemed to be out there
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fingers. >> and they'd come out and said wonder whether president obama's policy in syria or iraq or the middle east haven't left us more vulnerable to this, or you would have to wonder about his policies in guantanamo bay or drone strikes. if they said anything look that, they would be roundly criticized of yapping before having the facts in hand and raw, and people are still grieving and not working with the right tools. you saw president obama do it cool, collected and commander-in-chiefly job. and letting things get spun up. unfortunately, what you see here, congress is currently obsessed with spending and democrats are currently obsessed with the idea of automatic reductions to automatic increases in federal outlays and could not resist linking the two. one other thing, if i may, for mr. clapper, if the president really thought, if the belief in the administration was this was jeopardizing our national security, if we were missing intelligence that would protect us from something like the incident in boston, the president had the wherewithal not to sign this and as commander-
8-year-old martin richard. president obama called the bombing a cowardly act of terrorism. >> if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, unafraid. >> reporter: surveillance cameras like this one nearby the crime scene are proving crucial to investigators. they are using them, combined with cell phone footage of any photos they can find, in the hopes of catching the suspect. >> reporter: runners returned to the scene today to pick up belongings they left behind and their marathon medals. leah valgardson said despite the attack, she'll keep competing. >> people aren't going to stop. in fact, they'll be probably running even more. >> reporter: the area will be closed off at least until thursday. >> now, the white house is still not commenting on whether they believe this attack was carried out by a domestic or a foreign threat. but we can tell you that president barack obama will be here in boston. he's slated to arrive on thursday morning, while he will preside over an inner faith service. reporting live from boston,
looked like a war zone. president obama was notified within minutes. he promised action. >> i'm supremely confident that bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city, and as they do, the american people will be with them every single step of the way. >> reporter: officials are tracking multiple persons of interest including a man being treated at an area hospital, as well as another individual who was seen trying to gain access to a restricted area five minutes before the blasts. john and diana. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in boston, thank you. >>> well, the fbi is launching a massive effort to find those responsible for the deadly attack. they're going to be looking at bomb fragments. they'll also look at hundreds of videos from the finish line. >>> with more on the search for clues, we're joined by abc's devin dwyer from washington. good morning, devin. >> reporter: good morning. the boston marathon attack is the first successful bombing in the u.s. since the september 11th, 2001 attacks. now the full weight of the u.s. government is b
. there are 30 other marathons held this weekend. president obama is planning to visit boston on thursday for an interfaith service for those systems. sally kidd during this with the latest. officials are asking whether they're doing enough. experts say there's only so much that can be done. horrific explosions are prompting cities across the country to reevaluate security at public events. >> i did not think anyone expected bombs to go off at the end of the marathon. >> they're taking a second look at security. including two races that will go on this weekend. >> there are certain events that will be open to us by their very nature. marathon is 26 miles long. points of vulnerability. additional training and pattern recognition could help. of stopping ality terrorist using all those things i mentioned, the trailing, this surveillance is still probably 100 to%, maybe even more than that. officials are looking at boston and make adjustments where appropriate. police say they're counting on the public to be vigilant. if you see something suspicious, reported. international officials are taki
the police commissioner here to president obama promises to find out who is behind these bombings and they all say they will be brought to justice. two bomb blasts less than 15 seconds apart near the finish line of the boston marathon. three people dead, 144, at least 144 others wounded. 17 of those are in critical condition this morning. and boston's normally bustling downtown area is now a crime scene. about a mile of boylston street, one of the busiest streets in the city with copley place, the boston public library, other locations, that is shut down this morning. it is a crime scene. national guard patrolling the streetsment you can see police out walking on the sidewalk. president obama is promising the full weight of justice for whoever is responsible for the bombing at this race. the president didn't use the word terror when he addressed the media last night at the white house. but he made it clear that the u.s. will hunt down the culprit. he also reached out to congressional leaders saying this is a time for unity among americans. cnn's brianna keilar is standing by at th
. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. with regard to that search warrant in revere, massachusetts, we're told there are no suspects. they talked to a few individuals. they'll be talking to a lot of people, the fbi noting that we may talking to you, your neighbor and your friends. to get to the bottom of this. people running public transit here, are being met some times by random searches. >> we'll be speaking to some eyewitnesss to this tragedy in a up coof minutes. >>> savannah, more coverage to you. we'll get to nbc justice correspondent pete williams. as i turn to you, this news conference is going on, we know that officials did conduct two bomb swe
. >> and for the first time today, president obama referred to the attacks that killed three and wounded 176 others as an act of terrorism. he went on to say that the american people refused to be terrorized. tom sherwood has more on the stepped up security here in washington. >>> we begin with tony tull who is live in boston close to where it happened. he tells us the tragedy also brought the city together. tony? >> reporter: and, good afternoon, the details are emerging still, we had an update earlier this morning, we'll hear from the fbi in an hour. one thing i noticed today, throughout the day the folks coming to the scene of the crime and just coming together. people who didn't know each other, people from other states and countries coming together and comforting each other. i just want to show you a sense of the scene, you can see a block away from boylston street, you can't see exactly where the bomb went off, but you can see here the folks who were supposed to celebrate, it has become a time where they will never forget. and you mentioned it, it is a time for them coming together. >> everyb
are playing instruments and putting down flags to pay tribute to the victims. >>> and president obama ordered the white house flag lowered to half staff today to honor those hurt in the explosions. and he also asserted the nation's strength in the face of this tragedy. >>> american people refused to be terrorized. because what we saw yesterday in the aftermath, the stories were of kindness, generosity, and love. the exhausted runners who kept running to the hospital to give blood. and those who stayed to tend the wounded, some tearing off their clothes to make tourniquets, and the men and women still treating them at some of the best hospitals. so if you want to know who we are, and america is, and how we respond to evil, that is it, selflessly, compassionately. >>> and cars were towed from the streets around pennsylvania avenue, ahead of the emancipation day parade. more on how the country is reacting. >> reporter: jim, the nation's capitol is home to all sorts of big public events and places. today was just a little different. from quiet moments at the korean war memorial, tourists at the n
bombing. as president obama made clear today, there's still no evidence of who is responsible for this act of terrorism. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. >> reporter: the fbi agents tell us they have tons of video and somewhere in there will be a picture of the person who planted these two bombs, diane. >> speaking of pictures, i want to ask you about a photo that everybody was e-mailing today. it is a man standing up on top of a roof. you can move in there, you see it right there. what do you know about it? >> reporter: well, it's very intriguing, but authorities say they're giving it no special priority. it's one of many tips and leads they're following. they're really focusing on the person who had that unusually heavy black bag the day of theerates. >> as you said the strongest clues are in the nature of the bomb. up next, abc's jim avila shows us just how far the blast from the bombs traveled. >> reporter: the killer bombs likely contained less than two pounds of common black p
in the room. president obama didn't use the word terrorism. became a little bit of a political football. but bottom line, forget about left versus right what are the practicalities about what language you use and how it may hinder or help going forward? >> what the president did not want to do is panic people before information was in. so that was a smart move not to use the "t" word, terrorism. but he also doesn't want to give a future defense attorney the ability to say, oh, well there wasn't a political motive with this guy. he was just some random -- >> political motive key to a finding of terrorism. >> so it's a nonstory. i don't know why people are raising it. everyone knows this was an act of terror. we should drop that. there's no brownie points to be gained at this stage. let's let the investigators figure out who did this and the response and life goes on. this seems to me just to be a very silly issue. >> don't handcuff yourself before you know what you're dealing with. >> exactly. we have no idea right now. >> all right, julia, thank you very much. >> up next we're going to
obama pledged to hunt down those reonsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although there is high hope that they will
boston marathon. president obama says those responsible will feel the full weight of justice. the fbi is taking charge of the criminal investigation. right now they say there is no motive and no one is in custody. meanwhile back in the bay area, security and law enforcement officials are stepping up patrols from the airports to public transportation. if you are out about today in the bay area expectancy added police officers everywhere. >> 7:42 a.m. and we will continue with the coverage of the boston marathon attacks. you're looking at a live shot there. back in the bay area and around the world because of happened in boston because of the we have the bay to breakers this weekend, the london marathon and there were several events that were canceled. we will be back with continued coverage and a couple of minutes. >> welcome back where tracking hot spots at the peninsula as well as the bay bridge. don't take 1 01 southbound of that as your normal route, she once spent an extra 10 to 50 minutes getting through the back up leading southbound. take a look at the problem, is video courtes
. president obama spoke from the white house yesterday evening. >> we still do not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> a theme of this year's race was 26 miles for 26 victims. a message of remembrance of the newtown school shooting. many of the victims' family members were there at the finish line tent yards from where the blasts occurred. you can imagine that, it is tuesday, april 16th, and we're live in boston this morning, just about five blocks from the site of double bombing, those explosions yesterday near the finish line of the boston marathon. joining us now we have with us for the whole show today, mike barnicle. and in new york, willie geist. you've been covering this since the story broke. we've been listening to your words, your reporting, your words of calm. a day later, how is this sinking in? >> well,
and shrapnel packed in pressure cookers. hidden inside black duffel bags. president obama will travel to boston on thursday to speak at an interfaith service. today, he vowed to find those responsible and labeled the bombings an act of terrorism. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. it will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. >> today we also are getting new video of the actual explosions. including the only tape we've seen taken by a woman actually running in the race. [ explosion ] . >> and new radio calls from first responders reveal the chaotic moments just after the explosions. >> we have reports of two explosions here. we have at least a dozen people with serious injuries. >> at least two explosions. a dozen serious injuries, a multiple injury incident. >> authorities are now asking anyone
cookers. hidden inside black duffel bags. president obama will travel to boston on thursday to speak at an interfaith service. today, he vowed to find those responsible and labeled the bombings an act of terrorism. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. it will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. >> today we also are getting new video of the actual explosions. including the only tape we've seen taken by a woman actually running in the race. [ explosion ] . >> and new radio calls from first responders reveal the chaotic moments just after the explosions. >> we have reports of two explosions here. we have at least a dozen people with serious injuries. >> at least two explosions. a dozen serious injuries, a multiple injury incident. >> authorities are now asking anyone with potential photo
official said the scene looked like a war zone. p obama was notified within minutes, he promised action. >> i'm supremely confident boss tonians will pull toot and take care of each other and move forward as a proud city. the american people will be with them every single step of the way. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell a pc news, bomb techs are combing over evidence for clues about the devices. officials searched an payment and tracking multiple persons of interest including a person treated at app yeah hospital as well as an individual who was seen tripe to again access to a restricted area, five minutes before the blast. >> the 8 year old who was one of the three killed in the explosion has been named as martin richard, he was there watching his father run. he arrived at the finish line to welcome his dad when the explosion took place. 450 people came from maryland. sherrie johnson is life at bwi with the local runners returning home, some made it home last night. you say, for other runners, we are an hour and a half away from the rival. >> reporter: all is calm. this could
dedicated to the victims of the boston bombing. earlier today mr. obama said the american people refuse to be terrorized and praised the actions. >> exhausted runners that kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood and those that stayed to attend to the wounded. first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives, if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that is it. selfishly, compassionately and unafraid. >> shep: governments around the world are increasing security at public places and landmarks, but there are some major events on the horizon including 30 different marathons. greatest challenge may be in london. tomorrow hundreds of diplomats and dignitaries are expected the funeral of margaret thatcher. on sunday, half a million spectators are expected to line the streets of london for that city's marathon. fox report jonathan hunt live with us. it appears that the london marathon is going to be a a tribute to the victims here in boston? >> the 30,000 expected runners competing in the london marathon on sunday will begin with a 30 seconds mom
, the president has visited communities who are suffering. i would not be surprised if we saw president obama take a trip to boston in the coming days. >> thank you very much of before we go to break, i want to reiterate is breaking news from pete williams, that it fathers bombs were explosives made of pressure cookers placed at the scene. likely in backpacks. the explosive charge, according to the information, could propel shrapnel and fragments of that pressure cooker itself at speeds of 3,300 feet per second. that's more than three times the speed of a .9 millimeter round fired from a gun. so we're getting more information on the actual material used to create that explosives and how they may have gone undetected by so many people if they were hidden in, as believed right now, backpacks. that is the latest information regarding the details of the explosives used. security now being ramped up at sporting events in los angeles, oklahoma, even london and germany. back to boston. tonight's celtics game has been canceled. up next, more on the complexity of securing large events that so many of us at
like a war zone. >> president obama called the bombings an act of terror. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi's investigating it as an ability of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an ability ct of terror. >> new details about the horrif horrific act. here's what we know at the moment. the number of people killed stands at three. that includes an 8-year-old boy. >> police have just raised the number of people wounded. they now say 176 people were hurt in the blast, at least 17 are in critical condition but still no arrests and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> the fbi leading the investigation, authorities say they are following several leads. you are looking here at live pictures. we've got live pictures. there are of the crime scene, overlooking copley square in boston. >> investigators are combing through every inch. they are simply searching for clues, anything to bring attention to this. we've got an update on the investigation. this news conference happene
the full weight of justice. jon: president obama on the air just hours after the twin explosions in boston to reassure the nation. he also called the governor of massachusetts and the mayor of boston to offer support making it clear that his administration is mobilizing its full resources to help in the investigation and provide security as well. more on the white house response, let's bring in david drucker, senior editor at roll call. david, we are going to be hearing from this president in just about 20 minutes. the white house has scheduled some kind of a statement from the president at 11:30 eastern time. we don't know obviously what he will say, perhaps more of the kind of thing we heard yesterday. a president has to wear many hats, has to shoulder a lot of responsibilities, but being the leader of an emotional and frazzled nation at a time like this has to be among the most weighty. how is he doing? >> i think he's doing pretty good. the president hasn't always hit the mark in situations like this. near incidents that didn't happen. this time i thought he hit it perfectly. he showed
's what we all want to moment dan was a u.s. secret service agent who walked ahead of president obama during "the nine" inaugural parade and he knows what it takes to secure this type of situation. dan, that's what people want to know. how? how could this happen? >> good question. i think everybody is assuming, though, that these bombs were planted yesterday when they, in fact exploded and the event happened. that may not be the case. i don't know that for a fact, but what concerned the secret service and me specifically when i was there and we would organize the parade route for the president was not a device trying to come in that day. we knew we would be able to intercept it, but a device that was preplanted. and that, unfortunately, may be an avenue they may have to pursue investigatively. >> brian: from what you can tell, from what we know, this saudi national is a person of interest in the hospital right now who we've gone through his apartment. how unusual is it for the bomber, who is not a homicide bomber, to be a victim? evidently he had burns on him and smelled like gun powd
be a top priority for the obama administration. the issue of national security has been a top priority for at least 70 percent of americans since the poll has been taken which started in 2002. >> the i.r.s. says boston area taxpayers will get an extension on filing their federal tax returns. taxes were due today in massachusetts because yesterday was a state holiday for them. >> google is praised for its action in the minutes after the bombings, the internet giant created a link called "person finder" where you enter names and contact information about runners and people along the racecourse for the public to view so you can get information and give information. the service came in handy because cell phone service because nonexistent for several hours after the explosion. >> you can show your support for the people of boston through a badge posting on your facebook that reads "our hearts go to everyone in boston and each person with loved ones running in the marathon." >> breaking news from the south bay where a house fire turned deadly. a young victim is a 15-year-old girl trapped in
the bombs exploded seconds apart. president obama calling it an act of terror but saying no group foreign or domestic claimed responsibility for the attack. at this point, joining me now is jeffrey deedee, a security consultant, trained with boston police s.w.a.t. team. thank you for being with us. what we know now about the bomb, apparently in a pressure cooker device, both devices hidden in a backpack, low to the ground, perhaps placed on the street. what do you make of what you're hearing about the devices? >> well, i'm alarmed by what i'm hearing about the devices, because i stand -- i got back last year after nine months in afghanistan, and these pressure cookers are a tactic, technique that is used by the taliban and by al qaeda in afghanistan. very effective weapons, they try to pick the pressure cookers up wherever they can, and they use them to make their ieds. and quite concerned that this is a ttt as they call it in the military that -- >> ttp. >> tactic, technique and -- but the ttp -- procedures -- things of the taliban that we're now seeing here. that doesn't mean it was the
surgery at four boston hospitals. meanwhile, president obama has left no question that the boston marathon bombing was an act of terrorism. the fbi is it evidence response team processing a scene along with the alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and state and local agencies looking for evidence and coming through the debris for any clues that might lead to the capture of those responsible for the carnage. >> this morning the fbi along with boston pd, massachusetts state police, and atf, officially began its forensic evans recovery effort at the site. their goal was to recover physical items related to the blast. those items have been recovered and are being sent to the fbi's laboratory in quantico, virginia lou: the fbi has confirmed there are no plans a responsibility and that the range of suspects and motives remains wide open. authorities are asking anyone with photographs or video near the scene of the explosions to take that evidence to the fbi for examination. the critically important part in the investigation focuses on the components used to make the two bombs and the device or devices us
live and listen to president obama address the nation. >> we do have new numbers on wounded. over 100,000. >> white house official, "any event with multiple explosive devide v device as this appears to be a clearly an act after terror." >> the most common injuries are bone and tissue injuries. >> they really don't have a direction one way or another as to who did this. >> we're watching this city bring its assets together. >> it is tuesday, april 16th. >> obviously the city is still in a state of shock. >> everyone wants to make implicati implications. we don't though. the white house doesn't know. >> in terms of suspects, right now there is no one in custody. >> heavy security today not only in boston. >> the president saying today this is being investigated as an act of terror. >> explosive devices containing ball bearings. >> they are crudely made. they appear to have been assembled inside a pressure cooker. >> we're just emerging now from the first 24 hours following that deadly bombing in the boston marathon. authorities are still on the scene there. take a look. they continue th
are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country vowing to find those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> no matter how many times you see it it is still just as terrifying. i do want to show one photograph, as well, speaking to what was not the hundreds and hundreds of bags waiting for runners who were never able to claim them again, a snapshot of innocence and perfection on that patriots' day suspended if not lost. george. >> josh, the runners across the finish line right before the moment of impact, bill iffrig is right here, 78-year-old bill i have africa, rebecca roche and we have seen that image. i want to put it up on the screen as you were just approaching the finish line, the blast hit and you went down right there. tell us what you remember. >> yeah, i didn't know what had happened. all of a sudden this enormous blast right next to me and it just kind of buckled my legs and i knew i was going down so
confirmed dead. president obama today made it clear that the bombings in the city are considering an act of terrorism in the eyes of the federal government. the flags at the white house and every federal building are at half staff. we're also learning more about the bombs used to carry out this attack. federal law enforcement sources confirmed to cnn that these bombs were in pressure cookers. the items needed to build these bombs are said to be easy to come by which could make the bomb maker's signature harder to nail down. we expect to learn more at a news conference with law enforcement at 5:00 p.m. eastern time cnn will bring that to you live. we've also just learned senator saxby chambliss the ranking republican on the senate intelligence committee said, quote, there are a lot of things that are surrounding this that would give an indication that it may have been a domestic terrorist, but that just can't be assumed. i realized it was a horrific situation and that nobody deserved it. those were the words of olympic marathoner frank shorter after a terrorist attack, but this time he wa
system today in what is said to be a landmark of president obama's second term agenda. the bipartisan effort would create legal avenues for international workers to come to the u.s. and put the 11 million immigrants currently living here illegally on a 13-year path to citizenship. you're up to date now on some of the other headlines of the day. six minutes after the hour. >> thanks. >>> al, a check of the weather. >> a busy weather day as well. we've got a snowstorm to talk about and severe weather back through wyoming. we're talking about anywhere from six to nine inches of snow over the next 24 hours. ahead of this system where we've got all this snow, we've got warm air meeting cold air. where that happens, we've got the risk of strong storms from abilene, texas, on up into municipal of missouri, into central ohio and down into alabama with the chance of tornadoes. and tomorrow an even stronger risk for much of central oklahoma. >> good morning. it will be a little bit warmer than yesterday. today we will be in the upper 60's and the low 70's. >>> that's your latest weather. willie
to half-staff, president obama praises those who rush to aid the injured. >> you want to know who we are? what america is? we respond to evil. that's it. selflessly, compassionately. unafraid. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the fbi and intelligence agencies are involved in an intensive search for evidence and we have new details, breaking news about the explosives used in the boston bombings, joining me now, nbc news justin correspondent pete williams and michael leiter. pete, ha have you learn about the bombs themselves? >> well, what we're told by authorities, andrea, is that they're crudely made. they appear to have been assembled inside a pressure cooker. it may be some of our younger viewers don't know what that is, but in the olden days when you wanted to make something tender, you put it in this pot with a tight lid on it. and the steam wouldn't escape and you could build up pressure and things cook faster in them. the premicrowave days. inside a pot like this, a pressure cooker is assembled the device. it includes a low-power explosive. something like black
area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here and he's been reporting on it all night. brian? >> reporter: well, good morning, george. there is a killer at large. and with no one in custody, and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent. overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about. but the quick law enforcement response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the maker of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously, and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, children, runners, innocent people. [ sirens ] >> rep
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